NECEC's Emerging Trends Series

This is the video library of past NECEC Emerging Trends Series events. This is where we spotlight what's coming next in clean energy, climate tech and the emerging climate economy by gathering the innovation and policy thought leaders directly involved in making these changes happen. We showcase topics ranging from climate justice to technical issues focused on areas such as offshore wind and building heating.

Where Is the Climate Economy Headed

What technologies and economic factors are causing current and future disruption in the current clean energy and climate technology spaces? We focus on what critical elements need to be in play in order to allow everyone to live in a decarbonized world, and in making sure everyone also feels the economic benefits of this new age for business and industry.

Keynote speaker: Amy Duffuor, Co-Founder and General Partner, Azolla Ventures Panelists

Panelists: Steph Speirs, Co-Founder and CEO, Solstice Power Technologies; Ethan Tremblay, Policy and Markets Program Manager, Maine Governor's Energy Office; Nidhi Thakar, VP for Policy & Regulatory, Form Energy; Daniel White, Co-Founder and CEO, Clean Crop Technologies; Jordan Neerhof, Director of Grants & Government Affairs, SparkCharge

Decarbonizing Building Heating

How will we heat our buildings in the future without turning up the temperature on our climate? NECEC gathered an expert panel to discuss how big buildings, campus installations and whole neighborhoods can migrate to clean forms of heating.

Panelists: Mike Bakas, Executive Vice President Ameresco; Dr. David Dvorak, PhD, P.E.; Director, New England Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership; Jackie Bliss, Chief Customer officer, Vicinity; Michael Kolodner, Global Renewable Energy and U.S. Power Industry Practice Leader, Marsh McLennan; Zeyneb Magavi, Co-Executive Director, HEET; Michael Walsh, Founding Partner, Groundwork Data

Connecting Energy Justice to Infrastructure Planning

The transition to clean energy is going to require significant investments and deployment of infrastructure equipment – power lines, transformers, and other constructed materials – that will create jobs, and allow renewable and other clean energy resources to connect to the grid. However, it will also result in development and construction that will impact communities, affect landscapes, require complex siting and permitting, and lead to challenging decisions.

Panelists: Elin Swanson Katz, Director, Office of Public Participation, FERC; Mireille Bejjani, Co-Executive Director, Slingshot; Bernardo Escudero, Sr Director of Business Development, Avangrid; Julieta Giraldez, Principal of Customer Solutions, Kevala; Staci Rubin, VP, Environmental Justice, Conservation Law Foundation

DEI in the Climate Economy

This event features organizations who have taken initiative on diversity, equity and inclusion. They share their ideas about how organizations can expand their workforce and customer base along with the organizational benefits they've realized by embracing DEI.

Keynote: Jennie Stephens , Director of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Dean's Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy at Northeastern University. Also Sonali Anderson and Alisha Harrington from Browning the Green Space.

Panelists: Candace Bridges, Schneider Electric, Global Director Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Kimberly Kuhn, Analyst, Storage Development and Alex Fukuchi, Analyst, Storage Development; Kamran Idrees, Nexamp, General Council; Ted Dillon, Clean Energy Ventures, Director of Marketing; Penni McLean-Conner, Eversource, Executive Vice President. Panel discussion led by NECEC Board Member Greg King.